World: Flood of Misery

Like men racing toward the Promised Land, refugees from Red China continued to pour into Hong Kong. By the thousands they burrowed under the new British-built barbed-wire fence on the border, or daringly swam across arms of the South China Sea, buoyed up by inflated bladders.

Once in the crown colony, they dodged through fields and thickets, trying to avoid being spotted by R.A.F. helicopters cruising low over Robins Nest Mountain and the scrub pines of Flower Hill. Most were routed from their hiding places by skirmish lines of British troops, and sent to...

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